The attackers left behind pamphlets threatening La Región’s editor Romel Flores and several Venezuelan journalists, the paper’s news director Armando De Fa told CPJ. The pamphlets said the journalists should be tried and sentenced to death.
De Fa said the attack could be related to the paper’s reporting on government corruption but he could not link it to a specific story. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, the local press said. The authorities have launched an investigation, De Fa
“We condemn the attack against La Región,” said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper. “We urge Venezuelan authorities to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice.”